Q: I just finished your ebook, the Body Fuel System, and it looks like it’s getting great reviews! How did you happen to write it, and what has been the response so far?
I recently met Bree, creator of theBettyRocker.com and author of the Body Fuel System – and within the first 5 minutes of meeting her, she had shared some inside tips about how she uses food to burn fat that I could not wait to start trying.
Most of us have no idea some of the simple mistakes we’re making with food – I’m super healthy and I thought I was doing everything right, but after I read her book I have already started implementing some of the changes she suggests. I asked her to answer a few quick question to give you a chance to find out more about her.
A: I am a health coach and teach nutrition-based cooking and hold virtual worldwide fitness challenges. When I’m not running an event, traveling to teach a class or doing a monthly body overhaul with a one-on-one client, I’m writing books, newsletters, articles or speaking on the principles of healthy nutrition for weight loss and disease prevention. Basically getting the message out to as many people as I can reach about how good they can feel and how easy it is to be healthy.
I have always been a bit of an adventure-seeker, both in the kitchen and in life – and my culinary experiments combined with my world travels, cross-country treks, love of race cars, motorcycles and adrenaline sports earned me the nickname “Punk Rock Betty Crocker” – which morphed into “Betty Rocker.”
Q: How did you happen to get so interested in nutrition?
A: Growing up I was always interested in cooking and baking – I absolutely loved it. But it seemed like a lot of the things that I cooked were actually making me gain weight. Constantly eating out had the same effect. As a student of anthropology, I had always been fascinated by the eating practices of other cultures – but it wasn’t until I started putting some of the biology and anatomy science that I was learning together with the food practices of indigenous cultures that everything suddenly started to make sense.
I was truly amazed by the discoveries I made in regards to weight loss, blood sugar, and inflammation in the body from food – and I could not believe that this information wasn’t main stream! Even worse, I could not believe that doctors and food companies were actually causing massive confusion in the public around what was healthy – recommending pills and drugs and this old food pyramid that was causing people to gain weight. This made me more determined than ever to get the information I put together to as many people around the world as possible.
A: The Body Fuel System is really a culmination of my search for answers to my own weight loss and health problems. I struggled with my body image and my weight since I was a teenager. You name the diet and I tried it. It wasn’t until I found the TRUE answers to weight loss and health and that I was able to reach my own ideal weight, and achieve and maintain my lean physique. I’m proud to be in the best shape and the best health of my life – age 36 and going strong!
The response to the book has been incredibly positive! People have been emailing me and posting on the blog telling me how much they wished they had gotten this information sooner. They can’t believe how simple weight loss can be, and that having all the right tools laid out for them to use has made the process super easy for them.
People write me after the first week telling me how excited they are that they lost 5-10 pounds, and then I get amazing pictures of their transformations, and pictures along the way of the delicious food they’re making, and stories about how much their kids and spouses are enjoying it too. I can’t even believe how many wonderful ‘thank you’ notes and emails I get every day.
Q: What is the biggest benefit of following your nutrition program and does it come with meal recipes and meal plans?
A: The biggest benefit of my nutrition program is that it will make you fall in love with food in an entirely new way while you watch unwanted pounds fall right off of you. Everything in my System is made up of real, natural food. It does not restrict you from eating, and it offers a lot of flexibility for you to customize the meals around your schedule – because losing weight NEVER means that you should starve yourself.
On top of the awesome 100-page reference section of the book (that covers everything from fat-burning beverages to the skinny on gluten, grains and dairy), I’ve also included a 30-day user guide that has weekly shopping lists, meal prep, tons of my signature Fitness Food recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, protein bars, green smoothies) and suggested daily menus that you can follow to the letter, or use as a reference.
Q: What is your advice for someone just starting your Body Fuel System? Can anyone do this?
A: Absolutely anyone can follow and succeed on the Body Fuel System. My client John started following the program at age 59 and has lost 40 pounds over the last 6 months and never felt healthier or better in his life. My good friend Aubrey (28) used the eating guide to support her training, and not only has the fat run screaming off her body, she’s getting to see her muscle definition around her abs after years of frustrating exercises. I get emails from clients who write me and tell me that not only have they lost weight, they have reduced the amount of medications they are taking. This is not at all unusual, as I provide a lot of information in the book about the specific health benefits in the foods I recommend, making it easy for people to focus on including them to improve their health.
I would start by trying out the recipes, and reading the concepts in the first part of the book. People get very overwhelmed and think they need to completely overhaul their life all at once, but this is not true. Remember, it’s a journey and a process and be nice to yourself! Having access to this kind of information is going to change how you see food and make you want to start implementing everything immediately – but remember, getting to your health goals at a pace that is right for you is much better than not doing anything at all!
Q: If there was one Body Fuel System secret you could share with everyone what would it be?
A: Just one? Oh that’s tough. I guess it would be to learn about foods that are causing inflammation in your body and what foods are sneakily spiking your blood sugar – two of the most common causes of weight gain and fat storage. Replacing those kind of foods with the delicious fitness food and green smoothies you’ll get to start eating on the System are really key in seeing the results you want to see!
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